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If I was being really picky the only thing I would say is that I'd prefer to see a little breathing space below the shadow of the spade and I'd lose the frame. (but that's just personal taste) That said, I'm sure you have the winning shot here. Well done! :-)
Your comments are well taken, and I agree with you regarding the breathing space. Given time, I would have composed it slightly differently. I had waded out into the surf to get this shot as the surf was retreating, and I had only about 10 seconds to stick the shovel in the sand and set up before the surf came roaring back in; therefore, I lowered the camera to just above the water level, took the shot, took a quick look at the LCD, then made a run for dry land before my camera and shirt pockets got filled with salt water. When I looked back, the shovel was washing back out to sea.
There really is a limit to just how far one is willing to go to "get the shot."
Thank you for your insight.